Texas Education Code (TEC) 37.109 mandates that each school district in Texas establish a School Safety and Security Committee in accordance with the guidelines established by the Texas School Safety Center. The committee shall participate on behalf of the School in developing and implementing emergency plans consistent with the School’s multi-hazard emergency operations plan required by Section 37.108(a) to ensure that the plans reflect specific campus, facility, or support service needs.
The committee shall provide the School with any campus, facility, or support services information required in connection with a safety and security audit required by Section 37.108(c), or another report required to be submitted by the School to the Texas School Safety Center.
The committee shall review each report required to be submitted by the School to the Texas School Safety Center to ensure that the report contains accurate and complete information regarding each campus, facility, or support service in accordance with criteria established by the Center.
The committee should ensure that emergency operations plans meet the requirements as stated in TEC 37.108. The committee should also ensure that plans are updated regularly. This includes maintaining records of policy or personnel changes and verifying that preparedness documents reflect after action review findings pertaining to lessons learned and best practices identified from emergency preparedness exercises, drills, and actual incidents.
The committee should also ensure that campuses and facilities are conducting emergency preparedness training and testing of the School’s emergency operations plan (EOP) through drills and exercises as required by the School’s plan.
Winfree Academy Charter Schools' Safety and Security Committee shall meet (4) times per year to review and update the School’s multi-hazard emergency operations, ensure that planning, training and exercises are conducted in collaboration with first responders, local emergency management personnel, neighboring school , local health authorities and appropriate state and federal agency representatives.
Safety committee meetings shall be documented and records maintained in accordance with the School’s records management policy.